[Owasp-leaders] Introducing FLOSSHack

Eoin eoin.keary at owasp.org
Thu Nov 8 17:21:20 UTC 2012

Excellent stuff. Like a pure win-win deal. Appsec for charity, knowledge transfer and awareness all in one.

Eoin Keary
Owasp Global Board
+353 87 977 2988

On 7 Nov 2012, at 22:41, Tim Morgan <tim.morgan at owasp.org> wrote:

> Greetings OWASP Leaders,
> I want to bring to your attention an experimental project that the
> Portland, Oregon OWASP chapter has been working on this year.  The
> project is structured as a hacking competition and workshop and is
> motivated by two observations I've made over the years:
> * It's hard to find good pentesters
> * Lots of organizations need application security testing, but simply
>  can't afford it
> Free/Libre Open Source Software Hacking (FLOSSHack) events are
> designed to bring together individuals interested in learning more
> about application security with open source projects and organizations
> in need of low cost or pro bono security auditing.  FLOSSHack provides
> a friendly, but mildly competitive, workshop environment in which
> participants learn about and search for vulnerabilities in selected
> software. In turn, selected open source projects and qualified
> non-profit organizations benefit from additional quality assurance and
> security guidance.
> You can learn more about my thoughts on how best to organize FLOSSHack
> events here:
>  https://www.owasp.org/index.php/FLOSSHack
> We held our first FLOSSHack event in July and I think it was quite
> successful(*):
>  https://www.owasp.org/index.php/FLOSSHack_One
> We learned a lot about what works and what doesn't, so I hope to make
> our next FLOSSHack even more effective.  My ultimate goal is that
> these events become more streamlined and organized to where other
> OWASP chapters can easily throw their own FLOSSHack events.  If any of
> you are interested in holding a similar event or would like to help in
> other ways, please let me know.
> Thanks!
> tim
> * Thanks much to Wil Clouser, Michael Coates, Ushahidi, and all of the
>  participants who made this possible
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